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Morocco starts construction of Africa’s largest desalination plant

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Acciona, a Spanish multinational company with expertise in the development and management of various infrastructures, is set to partner with Afriquia Gaz and Green of Africa for the construction of the largest-capacity Seawater Desalination Plant in Africa.

This groundbreaking project will be situated in Bir Jdid, located 40 km south of Casablanca, 50 km from El Jadida, and 65 km from Settat in Morocco.

The Spanish corporation will additionally handle the operational management and maintenance of the plant.

The facility, once operational, is designed with a capacity of 548,000 cubic meters per day, allowing for the potential transformation of over 822,000 cubic meters of saltwater into potable water on a daily basis.

With the capacity to meet the drinking water requirements for nearly seven million residents, this desalination plant will also ensure the irrigation of over 5,000 hectares.

This holds crucial significance for a country like Morocco, grappling with recurrent droughts that adversely impact water availability.

Morocco relies heavily on agriculture, a key driver of the national economy, making a substantial water supply essential for irrigating agricultural fields.

Alongside the Casablanca facility, slated for operational phases in 2026 and 2030, the ministry plans to initiate the construction of additional desalination plants.

The objective is to increase the number of plants from the existing nine, which collectively have a capacity of 147 million cubic meters per year, to twenty by 2030.

This expansion is anticipated to achieve a total capacity surpassing 1 billion cubic meters.

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